High Five keeps parents and children coming back to Chandler Public Libraries, in person or not! High Five is an early literacy promotion that introduces five key concepts: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. Read on to learn about how to boost literary and develop narrative skills through storytelling.
Narrative Skills include the ability to describe things, to tell events in order and to retell stories. Research shows that those children who come to Kindergarten with strong Narrative Skills are better prepared to learn to read. You can help your child develop this important skill through fun and simple activities at home.
Toddlers as well as preschoolers are able to work on retelling stories. After reading books together ask your toddler to help you retell the story using puppets or flannel pieces. If she gets the order wrong, gently remind her using narrative terms. “Remember, first the dog went to the barn and then he went to the lake. Finally he went inside the house and that was the end.”
After reading a book with your preschooler you can ask him questions about the story to help him retell it orally - What happened at the beginning of the story? What happened next? How did the story end? Classic and modern versions of The Three Little Pigs or Little Red Hen would be great choices for this activity.
These simple activities, added to all the wonderful conversation you’re already having with your child, will help build strong Narrative Skills, ensuring your child’s formal reading education has a lovely beginning, middle and end!
Remember all four Chandler Libraries are currently offering holds pickup and outdoor bookdrop services only. See our website for more information about how to place holds and check when they're ready to pick up. You can get ebooks at home, too, free with your library card! Check out TumbleBooks and CloudLibrary.